Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966
President, Northwestern State University
When I speak to high school students, I tell them
that Northwestern State University is in the life changing
business. Our faculty, staff and students work together to
provide educational opportunities that make people's lives
better. But we couldn't do that without the work of several partners and one of the
most important partners we have is Bossier Parish Community College.
Under the leadership of former Chancellor Tom Carleton and current Chancellor
Jim Henderson, who are both Northwestern graduates. BPCC and NSU have
developed a close and mutually beneficial working relationship. This spring, we will
honor Mr. Carleton with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his distinguished
career as an educator and community leader.
Bossier Parish Community College established a branch on Northwestern
campuses in Natchitoches and Leesville-Fort Polk to provide college access to
students who did not meet the new admissions standards at Northwestern. These
branches called BPCC@NSU have been very successful in giving students the
foundation they need to be prepared for a four-year university while providing a full
Northwestern and BPCC have been partners in the successful Center for All
Louisiana Learners (CALL) Program, which encourages adults who started college
but did not earn a degree to return and complete their degree. NSU and BPCC
piloted this program, and between the two institutions, more than 400 students are
enrolled this semester and more than 100 students have received degrees.
The two institutions have also signed agreements for several degree programs
that allow BPCC students to transfer to Northwestern without losing any credit
hours. This is an excellent example of how BPCC and NSU work together for the
benefit of students.
An exciting new collaboration is taking place in the Northwestern and BPCC
nursing programs. BPCC recently received a $1.9 million Title III grant and
Northwestern is a major partner in the grant. This five-year program will help the
partnering institutions develop ways to strengthen our pre-clinical nursing programs
which will provide better opportunities for our nursing students.
As you can see, I have a great sense of pride in the relationship we have
developed and I look forward to further opportunities to work together.
Thank you to each of you for all you do to help Northwestern State University.
William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005
Director of Alumni and Development
My fellow alumni,
As last fall's Homecoming festivities came to a
close, I could not help but reflect on what a special place
Northwestern is to so many people. New traditions,
old friends reconnecting and a warm sense of family
among alumni, friends and supporters of our university
characterized the 2009 Homecoming celebration. It was a wonderful event that
brought many visitors back home to Natchitoches.
As you probably know, we have acknowledged Northwestern's 125'"
anniversary in many ways, not only with exhibits, receptions and events, but also
through music and poetry. The Homecoming 5K and luncheon were well received
and the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band's appearances during
football tailgating made the experience exceptional. I have been overwhelmed by
the enthusiasm that greets me whenever I have the opportunity to visit with alumni.
It truly makes me proud to be a Demon.
In order to provide more of you with an opportunity to get involved, the Office
of Alumni and Development is organizing formal alumni chapters across the state.
We hope these chapters provide a way for alumni and friends in towns large
and small to socialize, network, reminisce about their student days and visit with
prospective students. If you are interested in starting a chapter in your town, please
let us know and we will assist you in any way possible.
I hope that many of you have the opportunity to be a part of the energy and
camaraderie that is so prevalent at Northwestern right now. Thanks to you. our
devoted alumni, our future has never been bnghter Thank you again for your
continued support and best wishes for another great year in 2010.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971
Tommy Chester Arcadia. 1969
Leonard Endris Shreveport. 1974. 197?
\drian Howard Arlington. Texas. 198''
I'atricia Wiggins Mrapmann Dcstrehan. 1973. I97N
(iail Jones Natchez. 1981. 199s
Matt Koury Leesville. 1995
Bryant Lewis HayiiesMlle. 195s
t arroll Long Tyler. Texas. 197(1
Dr Lisa Mathews Benlon. 1992
l)a\id Morgan Austin. Te\a.s. 1973
Kip Patrick Washington. DC . 1995
Joseph B. Stamey NatchiicKhes. 1983
(ilcnn Talbcrt Shreveport. 1964
Rickv Walmsley Covmgton. 1985
J Michael Wilbum Shre\ep*>rt. 1975
Or. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993
Kay la Wingficld Opelousas
W Dnikc Owens. 20(U, 2005
Leah Pilcher Jackson. 1994
Oav id West
Doug Ireland. 1986
Cireg Burke. William Broussard. 2(KH)
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Beth McPherson Mann. 1975
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It IS the polirv' of Northwesteni State University of Louisiana
not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
sex. national origin, age. or disability in its educational
pn>grams. activities or employment practices. II
ve and romance blossom for alumni
The lyrics of an old song say "Fairy
tales do come true, it could happen to
you...." Love and romance can bloom
at any age and sometimes paths cross
in unexpected ways. NSU has played
a small role in bringing some youthful
lovebirds together who met or recon-
nected through alumni events.
V V V
Jean and Dudley Downing shared
their romantic story that began during
their undergraduate days in the 1950s.
"I had a big crush on him in 1952
and it was that summer that he brought
me home from church. First Baptist
in Natchitoches," said Jean, whose
maiden name was Edwards and was
called "Pete." "We dated off and on
during the rest of our time there."
The two were both active in the
Baptist Student Union and other
campus activities. Dudley was on the
Honor Court from 1953-54, serving as
Chief Justice while Jean was coed vice
president of the student body. Jean
graduated in August 1954 and Dudley
graduated in January 1955.
"After graduation we lost con-
tact with each other. We both mar-
ried and raised our families. He had
four children and I had two," she
said. Dudley's children are Robbie,
John Dudley Jr., Johnette and Joanna.
Jean's children are Kee and Jay.
Dudley pastored Baptist churches
around Louisiana while Jean taught
school for 40 years, 39 of those in
"After a while both our spouses
passed away. In May of 2005 Dud-
ley attended a Baker High School
reunion in Baton Rouge. Jerry (1955,
1 96 1 ) and Rose ( 1 956) Epperson
were there. Rose gave Dudley my
name and address and the next day
he called. 1 was in Louisiana having
attended the NSU 50+ luncheon on
campus. I called home to check my
messages and there he was. I returned
his call and, as they say, the rest is
The couple maintained a long
distance courtship for two years, at-
^ucCfey and' Jean
Jean [JVoSCe Warren
tending several events at NSU. "We
were married on June 9, 2007, in
Sherman, Texas, at Fairview Baptist
Church. My son. Jay Abies, a min-
ister from California, conducted the
ceremony. His biggest concern was
what to call me. so. he said, 'Mother,
do you take this man....' A couple
of grandchildren served as atten-
dents. There were five friends from
our Northwestern days there. They
were Lady Jane Patton, Byron Mc-
Cain, Bob Tatuni, and Gene and Earl
Haynes. It was a glorious day."
After the marriage. Jean moved
from Sherman to Harvey, where Dud-
ley still works in ministry.
"We can say, along with every-
body else we knew then, that our years
at Northwestern were the happiest of
our lives," Jean said.
V V V
Jacquelyn Jackson, daughter
of Wesley Jackson ( 1954) and Jean
Noble Warren ( 1955) shared the story
of her father and his sweetheart.
Wesley was a journalism major at
Northwestern, back from the Korean
War, while Jean was an education ma-
jor. Neither knew the other until they
met at a New Orleans alumni gather-
ing in April 2008, more than half a
century after their undergraduate days.
The meeting of the two, both wid-
owed, began an inseparable friendship.
Wes, who retired in 1988 after 34
years as a staff writer and editor at the
Times Picayune, and Jean, who taught
elementary schools in Baton Rouge
and Kenner for 32 years, were at the
same table at the NSU gathering at
Andrea's restaurant in Metairie. along
with her son, Roger Jr. They struck up
a conversation, as both knew lots of
Northwestern students from the 1950s.
The result was a series of dates
and their present relationship.
During his 1953-54 senior year at
Northwestern. Wes met and mairied
New Orleans education major, Fran-
ces Claffee, also a senior, who died
in 1958 from malignant melanoma.
The couple had two children, daughter
Jacquelyn and son Charles, both raised
by relatives who also raised Wes after
his parents divorced in New York City
and he ended up with his father's fam-
ily in Leesville.
Wes remarried in I960 and his
second wife, Bevery, died in 1976
after a heart attack.
Jean married Roger Warren in
1 960 and has four daughters, Karen,
Elizabeth, Sheri and Mary, and a son
Roger Jr. Her husband died after a
1980 heart attack.
While at NSC, Jean was a student
body coed vice-president, a member
of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and
was a Hall of Fame student in the
Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 1
Meet the Excellence Campaign Co-Chairs
John and Lynne Manno
A successful capital
campaign depends on its
leaders. These alumni are
giving like never before,
with their time and dedica-
tion, as well as their contri-
butions. We would like to
thank them for their service
Co-chairs John and
Lynne Manno have made
NSU a family tradition.
Not only did they both
attend Northwestern, but
their children have, as well.
John is vice president and
co-owner of Southland
Printing Company. He is a
member of the Long Purple
Line, NSU's Hall of Dis-
tinction, and serves on the
NSU Foundation Board of
Directors. He and Lynne
are also supporters of NSU
Athletics and have estab-
lished several scholarships.
The Mannos are very
involved in the Shreveport/
Bossier communities as
Ted and Carmen Jones
Assisting John and
Lynne are honorary chairs
Ted and Carmen Jones, Joe
and Milo Dow and Bryant
and Heloise Lewis. While
they all have very differ-
ent backgrounds, their love
for and support of NSU
through the years ties them
Through a long career
in law and public service.
Ted Jones has put his edu-
cation at Northwestern to
good work. He has served
as Chief of Staff to U.S.
Representative Speedy O.
Long, Special Counsel to
Gov. John McKeithen and
Counsel for Governmen-
tal AlTairs to the State of
Louisiana for Govs. McK-
eithen and Fdwin Fdwards.
He was inducted into the
Long Purple Line in 2003
and received the honoraiy
doctorate of humane letters
from NSU in 2005. His
Joe and Milo Dow
wife. Carmen, was selected
Mrs. Louisiana in 1985
and was made an honor-
ary alumna in 2009. Ted
and Carmen award se\ eral
scholarships each year to
Joe Dow came to NSU
from Syria in the 1960s.
He studied math as a stu-
dent, but began installing
and building fences after
class. He turned that ex-
perience into creating Dow
Pipe and Fence Supply,
one of the largest whole-
sale fence companies in the
country. He was inducted
into the Long Purple Line
in 2004 and received the
honorary' doctor of humane
letters in 2008. Joe and his
wife, Milo, generously do-
nated the materials to con-
struct the gates at se\ eral
entrances to Northwest-
em's Natchitoches campus
and have also endowed a
scholarship. Milo became
Bryant and Heloise Lewis
an honoran, alumna of
NSU in the fall of 2009.
Brvant Lewis has
enjoyed a very successful
business career as owner
and operator of Magno-
lia Pulpwood Company.
Bryant is a past Louisiana
He has stayed connected
to NSU by serving on the
Alumni Association Board
of Directors. Brvant was
inducted into the Long
Purple Line in 2007. He
and his wife. Heloise.
established the Br\ant and
Heloise Lew is Fndowed
Professorship in Business
and an endowed scholar-
To contribute to the
Todav and Tomonow
capital campaign, contact
the Alumni Center at (3 1 8)
357-4414 or go to www.
V Love and Romance. ..Continued from Page
1955 Potpourri. She v\as president of
Future Teachers of America and Inter-
Wes. who was 15 when he en-
rolled at NSU. was a Current Sauce
sports editor and played in the march-
ing and concert bands ;uul the l)c-
monaires dance band. He also won a
literary award in his senior year. As
a journalist, he was a reporter, pho-
tographer anil religion editor and his
by lines emanaled from some 80 U.S.
cities as well as Israel. Canada and
Mexico. He also w rote color stories
for 2 1 Sugar Bowls and four Super
Bow Is. His 54-part series in the
I97()s-8()s is the only known history
of religion in I,ouisiana.
lor both septuagenarians (Wes
is 76 and Jean is 75) the faiiA tale
romance of the Manhattan- and
Mangham-honi ihio. w ho graduated
from high schools in Leesv ille and
Winnsboro respectively. ( 1948 and
1 95 1 ). turned out to be an unexpected
highlight, thanks to a Northwesiern
State alumni event.
"We are still verv much a couple,
moieso and moreso." Wes said.
"My dad and Jean are like two
voung kids in love." Jacquelyn said.
■'Thev are v erv happv together and
it is true love. That makes it all the
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Homecoming 2009 - A 125 Celebration
Dozens of enthusiastic partici-
pants made the Homecoming
Golf Tournament a success.
Lyn Hargrave (1966, 1968), Dr.
Thomas Hennigan (1951) and
Thomas C. Hennigan (1982)
were among the attendees at
the Long Purple Line reception.
Phillip Hattaway was first place
winner in the 2009 Homecom-
ing 5k Fun RunA/Valk, which
wound through the NSU cam-
pus. Hattaway's time was
Tom Paul (1943) and
erland were among
the honored guests at
the Long Purple Line
The Sutton family, descendants of
Capt. Leopold Caspari, a found-
ing father of Northwestern, were
among the guests at the NSU-125
luncheon, held at the Natchitoches
Events Center. From left are Ellen
Donaldson, Kerlin (1948) and Mar-
garet (1947) Sutton, Thomas Mark Donaldson (partially hidden),
Marshall Sutton, Jonathan Donaldson and Mark Sutton (1976).
Poem incorporates campus ghost story into 125 anniversary
ne of the enduring campus traditions
at Northwestern State University is the
story of Isabella, the campus ghost.
Professor of English Julie Kane has linked
the story of Isabella with Northwesteni''s history in a bal-
lad written for the University's 125"' anniversary celebra-
tion. Kane read The Ballad of Isabella at the Homecom-
ing luncheon last fall.
"I was looking for a way to pull together 125 years of
history," said Kane, a nationally acclaimed poet, who has
been a faculty member at Northwestern for 10 years. "I
read the 125"^ anniversary book and Dr. Marietta LeB-
reton's book on the history of Northwestern and spent
some time in the Cammie Henry archives. As I did my
research, I kept my focus on Isabella."
According to legend, Isabella lived before the Civil
War. At one time she was in love with a young man who
was killed in a duel ofhonor. She became a nun and
lived in Bullard Mansion which was on the current site of
Northwestern. Isabella was a recluse who only came out
at night to talk to her lover. Following a violent storm,
she stabbed herself through the heart with a knife, leaving
a bloody handprint the wall. Tradition says that she
leaves a bloody handprint on the
wall or door of every building in
which she resides.
Isabella is said to inhabit the
oldest building on Northwest-
em's campus which is Nelson
Hall, the home of the National
Center for Preservation Technol-
ogy and Training. The building,
which is the former Women's
Gymnasium, was built in 1923.
In 1904, she was moved from Bullard Mansion when
it was torn down to East Hall. Isabella was moved in
1926 from the site of the demolished East Hall to the
music education building. When that building was torn
down in 1948, Isabella was escorted to Caldwell Hall
where she stayed until the 1982 move to Nelson Hall
cifioi C;:.iuv^ ell Hall was destroyed in a fire. A ceremony
was held in 2001 to welcome Isabella to the rehabilitated
"In the ballad, I bring in how the campus and its mis-
sion has changed. Northwestern students adopted Isabella
as a symbol of the university," said Kane.
Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 3
w Carl Wright (1974) has joined Techmer
PM as site manager of the Dalton, Ga.. fiber
Wright graduated from NSU with a de-
gree in math and physics. "Carl brings more
than 30 years of industry experience and a
history of technical leadership and product
innovation. " said John Manuck, Techmer PM
president and CEO.
Techmer PM's Dalton Fiber Center
designs and produces custom color mas-
terbatch for the fibers industry. It opened in
May 2008 and includes a new custom color
development center. Built with designers and
manufacturing in mind, the center provides
fast turnaround of color matches and the
ability to supply everything from a visual
representation (pom or yarn card wrap) to a
full, textunzed package of yarn that is ready
for twisting, tufting or weaving.
The center is one of six Techmer manu-
factunng facilities in the U.S. The others are
Avon, Ohio; Clinton, Tenn.: Rancho Domin-
guez, Calif.; Naperville, III.; and Wichita, Kan.
w Dr. Derwood Duke (1974) was named
Natchitoches Pansh School District super-
intendent earlier this year. An educator for
the last 50 years. Duke's titles have included
coach, teacher, pnncipal and superintendent.
From 1997-2004. he was an associate
professor of educational leadership at NSU.
A native of Shongaloo, Duke earned a B.S.
in physical education with a minor in math at
the University of Southwestern Louisiana in
1959, a master's in education administration
with a minor in physical education from USL
in 1959 and his doctoral in education with
emphasis in physical education and a minor
in administration from NSU.
Duke has been marned for 51 years to
Ann Gibson. The couple has three children
and six grandchildren.
W Steve Mathies (1976). a former director
of the Baratana-Terrebonne National Estuary
Program, has been hired to oversee the
office that does work directed and funded
through the Louisiana Coastal Protection and
Restoration Authonty. A native of St. Tam-
many Pansh, Mathies received bachelor's
and master's degrees from Northwestern and
a doctorate from Mississippi State Univer-
sity in botany. He has worked as a natural
resource specialist for the US Army Corps of
Engineers and is a former assistant secre-
tary for the Louisiana Department of Natural
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^ Josh Fosdick (1997) was named
assistant coach for both the men's and
women's golf squads at Oklahoma State
University. Fosdick spent the previous two
years as head coach of the boys' program
at Edmond (Okla.) Memorial High School.
In his two seasons, the Bulldogs finished in
the top 10 in eight of their nine tournaments
and posted top-10 finishes each year at the
Class 6A State Tournament. In 2008. he was
named the Region 8 Coach of the Year. Off
the course, both of his squads were honored
with academic achievement awards for
overall grade point average. Fosdick was a
three-year letterwinner for the Demons. He
also served as team captain for NSU as a
senior. Fosdick continued his education at
Oklahoma State where he completed gradu-
ate level work in organic chemistry. Fosdick
served as an assistant golf professional at
three different golf courses before embarking
upon a professional playing career in 2003.
The Casper, Wyo., native competed on the
NGA Hooters Tour for two seasons, posting
several top-10 finishes dunng the 2003 and
© David Gunn (2001 , 2005) has been
appointed advisor to the Student Govern-
ment Association at Loyola University, where
he is director of co-curricular activities. In
a feature article in The Maroon, Loyola's
newspaper, Gunn credited his experience at
NSU as the reason for following a career in
higher education. At NSU. Gunn majored in
political science and initially planned to go
to law school until he became president of
NSU's SGA, finding, he said, his identity as
a college student. He worked as an adviser
to the student government at Louisiana State
University for 3-1/2 years before joining the
staff at Loyola. Gunn will also be taking over
as adviser of Interfraternity Council. As a
Sigma Nu fraternity member, Gunn is hoping
his past experiences will also help in his role
as adviser for IFC.
^ Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal an-
nounced the appointment of Edmund Antie
(1976) to the Louisiana Information Technol-
ogy Advisory Board last September. The
Louisiana Information Technology Advisory
Board serves to examine emerging technolo-
gies and advise the chief information officer
on the use of information technology.
The board is compnsed of five at-large gu-
bernatonal appointments and each statewide
elected official, other than the governor,
or their designees. The board includes the
President of the Senate or their designee,
the Speaker of the House of Representa-
tives or their designee, the Chief Justice or
their designee, one representative from the
Office of the Governor, one representative
from postsecondary education selected from
recommendations submitted by the Louisi-
ana Postsecondary Education Information
Technology Council and the CEO of each
department within the scope of authority of
the office of information technology.
Antie, of Lafayette, is the managing
partner for Network USA. a telecommunica-
tions company, and a member of the Institute
of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Antie
will serve as an at-large gubernatorial appoin-
tee, as required by statute. He is a graduate
of Northwestern's Computer Information
© Dr. David B. Williams (1965,1966)
was elected president of The College Music
Society. Dr. Williams has been an instrumen-
tal part of this international organization for
over 30 years. He assumed the position of
president-elect beginning January 2010 and
will become president in January 2011 . Wil-
liams is Professor Ementus of Music and Arts
Technology at Illinois State University where
he served on the faculty for 30 years. He has
also taught at the University of Guam, Uni-
versity of Washington, and California State
University Los Angeles. He is co-author of
the textbook, Expenencing Music Technol-
ogy (Cengage Learning/Schirmer). now in
its fourth edition. David is marned to Kay
Owens Williams (1965) who was a member
of Purple Jackets.
© Retired U.S. Army Gen. Brig. Gen.
James K. Gorley (1958, 1960) was inducted
into the Bossier High School Hall of Fame
last October. Inductees must have been
students or faculty members at Bossier High
and gone on to make a significant contribu-
tion in their fields and society as a whole.
Coriey. a faculty inductee, served as principal
from 1980-84 and in the Bossier Pansh
School System from 1960-84. He served in
the Louisiana Army National Guard beginning
in 1956 and rose through the ranks, eventu-
ally commanding the 256th Infantry Brigade.
Coriey later served as chief of staff for the
Louisiana National Guard.
W Jimmy Barnhill (1970) was mentioned
in an article entitled "CSI: Louisiana" that
Visit our website atj
Faculty and alumni contribute to Service League cookbook
The Service League
of Natchitoches, Inc. has
released their third cook-
book, Steel Magnolias in
the Kitchen, "A Journey
Cane River's Heritage and
the Mystery of Southern
Charm." This book fol-
lows the award-winning
Cane River Cuisine and
Cane River's Louisiana
Contributions to the
book come from many
NSU alumni, as well as
current and former fac-
ulty and staff. A painting
by NSU alumnus Patrick
Hollier was chosen for
the cover design.
The new cookbook
celebrates what it means
to be a "Steel Magno-
lia," the combination of
strength and charm that
defines women of the
Natchitoches area past
and present. Noted area
chefs, as well as mem-
bers and other great
cooks, contributed over
700 recipes that were
double-tested before final
selection for inclusion in
the book. These recipes
were chosen because
they represent the unique
blend of flavors, cultures
and traditions that define
Natchitoches updated to
reflect how the modern
The Service League
that benefit NSU stu-
dents, the Marsha Thom-
as Pendleton Scholarship,
the Shirley Pittman Smi-
ley Scholarship and the
Anna Cloutier Harrington
The book is now on
sale at area vendors as
well as on line at http://
from League members.
For additional informa-
tion, call (318) 352-6723.
appeared in SB Magazine, a monthly
publication that highlights features and news
in the Shreveport/Bossier area. Barnhill
is system director at the North Louisiana
Crime Lab, home of Shreveport/Bossier's
forensic investigations. In the article, Barnhill
described the lab's functions in analyzing
evidence that helps identify perpetrators or
enhance evidence useful in investigations,
including drug identification, firearm identifi-
cation and DNA analysis. Barnhill's interview,
as well as those of his colleagues, dispelled
many myths perpetuated by television crime
dramas. He also advised young people inter-
ested in forensic science careers to pursue
degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiol-
ogy, genetics or molecular genetics.
O John Delphen (1982) designer/owner
of Delphen's Drafting of Baton Rouge was
honored recently by the New Orleans Historic
District Landmarks Commission for his de-
sign drawings to restore the home located at
5116 Chartres Street
The awards ceremony, held at the New
Orleans City Council chamber last October,
recognized home designers and architects
for work in new construction, renovation, and
restoration in New Orleans historic areas.
The Chartres Street home was in such a
state of decay that the architectural style was
unrecognizable by most and had been slated
for demolition by the city. Delphen's award
is one of only 35 that have been awarded in
the last 4 years. Delphen has been studying
historic houses for over 30 years and uses
yearly vacation travel as an opportunity to
study various architectural styles prominent
around the United States.
John grew up in Natchitoches, and is
a graduate of Natchitoches Central High
School and NSU.
© Jessica Holly Willrodt (1995) has
joined WGNO-TV in New Orleans as a co-
anchor of ABC 26 News at 5 and 10 p.m. She
is also anchoring NOLA 38 News at 9 p.m. on
WNOL-TV. Tribune Television New Orleans
Vice President / General Manager Phil Water-
man made the announcement last fall stating,
"Jessica is a great journalist and communi-
cator. She understands Louisiana and the
issues we face living here. We're very happy
to add her experience and leadership to the
ABC 26 News team."
Jessica is returning after an award
winning career at WKRG in Mobile, Kill in
Corpus Christi, KLFY in Lafayette, and KALB
in Alexandria. As a veteran Gulf Coast jour-
nalist, Jessica has covered many hurricanes
and tropical storms.
© Cindy Chapman (1988) is the site
manager for the Twin Cities momslikeme.
com and national spokesperson for the site, a
network for mothers seeking support, tips and
advice about child-rearing. The Twin Cities
site recently made national news when one of
the moms gave birth live on the site.
O Navy Seaman Shannon L. RIchterberg
(2006) completed U.S. Navy basic training
at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes,
III. During the 8-week program, Richterbert
completed a varity of training which included
classroom study and practical instruction on
naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water
safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft
safety. An emphasis was also placed on
physical fitness. The capstone event of boot
camp is Battle Stations, an exercise that
gives recruits the skills and confidence they
need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations
is designed to galvanize the basic warrior
attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork
and endurance in each recruit through the
application of basic Navy skills and the core
values of honor, courage and commitment.
Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take
into account what it means to be a sailor.
^ Friendships that began a lifetime ago
were renewed in May 2009 when the Water-
proof High School Class of 1953 held their
annual reunion at the home of Dan and Lilly
Chase in Baton Rouge. Although most high
school classes consider themselves special,
this one is unique in that six of the seven
graduates continued their education at North-
western State College pursuing careers as a
dentist, teacher, teacher/administrator, coach
and highly successful businessman, biologist
and college professor. All are now retired. In
2010, Alma Rabb Alost, Dan Chase, Joe
Cornett, Harry Goodfellow, Irene Trevilllon
Lee and Mervin Wampold are planning to
get together once more.
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Alumnus saved by new medical technology
NSU alumnus Bill O'Bannon
was given another ehance at life
when the world's tiniest heart pump
sa\ed his life last year. O'Bannon.
who graduated with a business
administration degree in 1960, was
saved by the Impella Cardiae Assist
De\iee. Flis son. Derron ( 19S8). a
Ibrmer Vie the Demon, \\ anted to
share his father's story.
Bill, who has worked as a self-
employed insuranee adjustor in
Natehitoches for many years, had his
first heart attack in the early 1 990s
and was not expected to recover.
Last summer, he began having chest
pains while cutting grass. A short
time later, another episode sent him
to ICU and he was flown to Ochsner
Hospital in New Orleans. In the Crit-
ical Care Unit, he suffered another
episode in which his blood pressure
dropped and his color disapeared in a
matter of minutes. By coincidence, a
representative from the company that
de\ eloped the Impella de\ ice was at
Ochsner, training hospital statThov\
to use it. The device works by tempo-
rarily relieving the heart's pumping
function. pro\iding the time needed
to allow the heart to rest and reco\ er.
The team of doctors quickly
inserted the cathater-based device
through Bill's leg and it immediately
began doing the work of Bill's heart.
Soon, Bill was back in his hospital
room, stabilized and talking.
Before the de\ ice w as removed
five days later, he had become a
small celebrity at the hospital, visited
by staff and doctors in training in-
trigued by the hospital's first patient
to receive the new treatment. His
children began calling him Im-
pella Man. Derron said. Derron also
praised the quality of care his father
received at Ochsner. w ith otT-duty
doctors and nurses calling to check
on him. e\ en after his discharge.
After its removal. Bill kept his
Impella device as a trophy to show
his cotTee buddies. He was ad\ ised to
resume reasonable physical acti\ ities
and went back to work.
Derron praised his father's
fortitude, work ethic and sacrifices
he made in his life for his children.
After his wife's death in 1982, Bill
raised his three children, Derron.
DeWayne and Denise. ne\ er taking
He is now able to enjoy life w ith
his significant other. La\ erne Cham-
bers, and their children and grand-
children. He also cares for his uncle,
Strother receives honorary degree at Fall Commencement
University awarded an
honorary doctorate of
humane letters to political
strategist and author Ray-
mond Strother at its Fall
cises in December. Strother
spoke to graduates at both
ceremonies as he receiv ed
Northwestern on a track
scholarship and lettered two years. He transferred to LSL'
w here he became ad\ ertising director and then editor of
ihc Daily [Reveille. While attending LSU he was the night
reporter and photographer for the Associated Press. His
master's thesis written in 1965 (The Political Candidate
and the Advertisuig Organization) predicted that media
and not organization would dominate future political
campaigns. He was correct until Barack Obama's 2008
Strother has been the media producer and coiisultanl
for tlo/ens of U. S. Senators and scores o\' I louse mem-
bers. He worked on the presidential campaigns of bi>th
(Jar\ Hart and Al (iore. Strother has produced media for
sixteen gubernatorial campaigns including four for Bill
Clinton. He worked in the Vice Presidential and Senate
campaigns for Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. He has won awards
for long form documentaries for ci\ il rights hero, .lohn
Lew is and Bentsen.
Strother is in the Long Purple Line at NSU and the
LSU .lournalism Hall of Fame. He served as both presi-
dent and chairman of the board of the American Associa-
tion of Political Consultants and in 1999 was a resident
fellow at the Institute of Politics at Har\ard University.
In 2004. he was named the first honorarv Fellow at the
University of Akron. In Nov. 2007, an exhibit depicting
his life was dedicated in the Hall of Notable People in
the Gulf Coast Museum. In 2008 he was inducted into
the American Association of Political Consultants Hall of
Fame. I hat year he was a Fellow at the Dole Institute of
Politics at the University of Kansas. He held the Erbon
W. and Marie Wise Endowed Chair in Jounialism at
Northwestern in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
I:. P Dutton published his novel. Cottonwood, about
a political consultant w ho loses his soul and in 2004. his
best selling autobiographv. Falling Up, was published.
Strother is a frequent ciMiimentator on network telev i-
sioii and was an aiiaKst in 2000 on the Vice Presidential
Debates for PBS. He has w riitcn for Newsv\'eek, the New
^ork I imes, Washington Post, .Atlanta Constitution and
scores of other publications.
Strother and his wife, Sandv live in Bo/eman, Mont.
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Six members of the NSU faculty
were recognized with Excellence
in Teaching awards last fall, based
on scholarship, leadership and service
to their colleges. From left are Lyndsey
Miller and Drake Owens, Alumni Affairs;
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, and
honorees Bill Shaw, College of Liberal
Arts; Dr Margaret Kilcoyne, College of
Business; Dr. Ron McBride, College of
Education; Dr Rondo Keele, Louisiana
Scholars' College; Renee Downey College
of Nursing, and Dn Sonia Tinsley College
of Science and Technology.
Northwestern State University bestowed
the honor of Professor Emeritus on Dr. William
Dennis of Natchitoches, center, who served in
NSU's Department of Engineering Technology
from 1972 until his retirement in 2003. Congrat-
ulating Dennis were Dr. Austin Temple, dean of
the College of Science and Technology, left, and
Dr. Tom Hall, current head of the Department of
Alumni-sponsored counselor lunches help attract students
Northwestern alumni gener-
ously supported recruiting efforts by
hosting lunches across the state for
high school guidance counselors and
principals. During the luncheons,
counselors were greeted by recruit-
ers, deans and department heads and
presented with information about
Northwestem's areas of excellence
and the school's newest innovations.
"We had a great response," said
Director of Recruiting Jana Lucky.
"This is the perfect way to distrib-
ute infomiation to these guidance
counselors, who are the gateway to
the students. These counselors set
up visits that allow our recruiters in
the schools to visit with students and
parents. Without our alumni spon-
soring these luncheons, they would
not be possible."
The counselors were given schol-
arship information and other materi-
als to pass along to their students.
Hosts for the lunches were
Frank Marino with Atmos Energy at
Impastato's in New Orleans, William
and Ann Haile and Al and Marga-
rette Moreau with Moreau Physical
Therapy at the Baton Rouge Country
Club, Cheryl Wilson with Rapides
General Medical Center at Tunk's
Cypress Inn in Alexandria, and Mike
Knotts at the University Club in
Members and spouses of the N Club gathered at Griffin's
Lodge on Toledo Bend Lake for a Christmas gathering
hosted by Dan Dyess. Attending were, seated from left,
Opal Gaspard, Yvone Most, Vera Bonnette, Nelda Em-
mons, Bettie Ledet, Delores Fuller, Bettie Bruning, Shirley
Turner, Sue Sibley Nancy Undenwood, Nell Harlen, Pat
Kelly, Liz Simmons, Babe Cole, Sidney Bankston and
Johnnie Marshall. On the back row are Sonny Fuller,
Donnie Kelly, Bobby Most, Walter Ledet, Doc Bankston,
Johnny Haynes, Jim Tumer, Earl Haynes, Steve Cole, M.N.
Ray, Jim Brewnan, Johnny Emmons, Tousey Wagoner,
Roy Undenwood, Rev. James Poole, Johnnie Jackson, Dan
Simmons, Sam Ruben and Tyrus Sibley.
Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 7
Foundation News .
A rhetoric and debate professor-
ship established by a Northwestern
State University alumnus has been
fulfilled, and its benefactor plans to
lead a fund raising campaign for a
second professorship to honor a dis-
tinguished former NSU professor and
debate coach. Dr. Ralph Ropp. who
was later President o\' Louisiana Tech
The Theodore Harris Roberts
Professorship was created by Ted
Roberts, a 1949 NSU graduate.
Roberts is the retired President of
LaSalle National Corporation, a
SI 00 billion Chicago bank holding
company. During a 50-year banking
career he was also executive vice
president of one of Chicago's larg-
est commercial banks, president oi'a
Federal Reserve Bank and chairman
of Chicago's largest savings bank. A
native of Zwolle. he earned a degree
in government from NSU. a masters
in political science from Oklahi)ma
State University and attended the
(iraduatc School of Business at the
University of Chicago.
Roberts is a long-time member
of the NSU President's Council, was
iiamcti a distinguished alumnus and
uuluctcd \n\() NSU's Long Purple
Line, the university's hall of distinc-
tion, ui 1996. He was commencement
speaker m 1998.
Roberts resides ui lake forest.
111., a Chicauo suburb, with his wife
Flisabeth. They ha\e three adult chil-
dren and eight grandchildren.
Roberts urges all former debaters to
contribute to the proposed professor-
ship honoring Dr. Ropp. For further
details, contact NSU's Office of
Alumni and Development at (3 1 8)
— e?5ae —
The NSU Foundation received a
gift of $5,000 from Chesapeake En-
ergy to establish student scholarships.
Five Northwestern students will
receive S500 scholarships in the fall
and spring semesters.
Students recei\ ing the Chesa-
peake Energy Scholarship must be
either a sophomore or junior with a
grade point average of at least 2.75.
Headquartered in Oklahoma
City, Chesapeake Energy is one of
the largest producers of natural gas
in the nation and the most active
driller of new wells in the U.S. The
company is active in the Haynesville
Shale of east Texas and northwestern
— esse —
Lovell Willis of Natchitoches has
been selected as the 2009 w inner of
the Norman Taylor Dow ty Scholar-
ship at Northwestern State Uni\er-
sity. Willis is a junior broadcast
journalism major and is in the Army
ROTC program at Northw estem.
Dowty, a graduate of Bolton
High School in .Alexandria attended
Northwestern w here he w as editor (A'
the student newspaper, the Current
Sauce, and was in\ol\ed w ith speech
and debate. He left Northwestern
to join the Naval Air Corps and was
trained as a Na\al pilot before the
bombing of Pearl I larbor. 1 le mar-
ried Rivers Rhodes of Natchitoches
in August 1942. In March of 1944. a
U.S. Naval task force destrovcd two
enemy submarines in the North At-
lantic, and Dowty, a Navs pilot, had
a leading role in both. He left behind
his w ife and an infant daughter
"1 am humbled to receive an
award named after a hcvo like It.
(j.g.) Dowty." said Willis. "It means a
great deal to me to have this associa-
tion w ith him. 1 am thankful to the
famil> of Lt. j.g. Dowty for provid-
ing this scholarship and to those who
Willis, a graduate of Natchi-
toches Central High School, had
planned to enter the Nav y after high
Willis" ambition is to become
a sportscaster for ESPN. He thinks
being an ROTC Cadet combined
w ith the experience he is getting in
Northwestern "s journalism program
can help him achieve that lofty
goal. Willis has been involved in
the twice-weekly new s broadcast on
Northwestern 's local cable channel
The Norinan Ta\ lor Dow ty
Scholarship is awarded to a student
based on creativity and achievement
in journalism, the arts, humanities or
the sciences. Recipients must have
sophomore, junior or returning senior
status at the time of selection. The
scholarship is awarded bv a univer-
sity committee, based upon recom-
mendations from department heads
in the College of Liberal Arts and
the College of Science and Technol-
ogy w ho hav e identified deserv ing
The Foundation received a gift of
$550,000 from the estate of DeRid-
der businessman Richard Da\ is.
Dav is. who died in 2006. left
proceeds of S55().()00 from timber-
land in Beauregard Parish to the
Foundation. The donation is one of
the largest individual gifts given to
the universitv in its 125-vear histon.
The money will be endowed to create
Dav is" father Richard "Rough
and Readv " Dav is w as a baseball and
track letterman at laHiisiana State
Nomial School (now Northw estem
State). It was his intention to leave
this money to NSU to assist students
from \ernon and Beaureuard Parish.
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Foundation News .
The NSU Foundation received a dona-
tion from the estate of the late Richard
Davis to create student scholarship.
From left are NSU Athletic Director Greg
Burke, Director of Alumni and Develop-
ment Drake Owens, Davis' attorney Er-
ica Anderson and Dr. William Broussard.
including student-athletes since his
father competed for Louisiana State
Six $5,000 scholarships will be
awarded this year with three $5,000
scholarships being awarded to stu-
dent-athletes and three $5,000 schol-
arships presented to students with at
least a 3.0 grade point average from
Beauregard or Vernon Parish.
Northwestem's athletic pro-
gram will receive $300,000 to create
endowed scholarships with $220,000
going to the NSU Foundation.
The Foundation will use
$100,000 to create an endowed
scholarship fund and $120,000 will
be used to create two First Gen-
eration Endowed Scholarships. The
initial First Generation Endowed
Scholarship should receive $40,000
in matching fijnds in 2010 and the
second should be matched in 2012.
Students with at least a 3.0 grade
point average from Beauregard or
Vernon Parish will qualify for the
Davis worked in timber manage-
ment. He was a graduate of DeRidder
High School and taught at LaGrange
High School. He served in the
Airborne Unit 256th and instructed
the Brigade National Guard in Lake
Charles. He was the Third Battalion
Security Officer. General Aide in
the 256th and Captain Communica-
tions Officer in the Reserved Officers
Pool. He finished third at the 1990
National Tae Kwon Do tournament.
Davis received the honor Outstand-
ing Bean Farmer of the Year. He was
past vice president of the Jaycees, a
member of the Kiwanis Club, served
on the Federal Land Bank Board of
Directors and City Savings Bank Ad-
visory Board. He was a charter mem-
ber of the Beauregard Parish Airport
Commission and treasurer of AUSA
at Fort Polk. He was a member of the
First Baptist Church of DeRidder.
Albert Dunn of Leesville has
established two scholarships at
Northwestern State University. Dunn
donated $40,000 to the NSU Founda-
tion to set up The Albert J.. Jerri H.,
and David S. Dunn Scholarship in
Education and The Albert J., Jerri H.,
and David S. Dunn Scholarship in
Industrial Engineering Technology.
The scholarships also honor his late
wife Jerri, a 1950 graduate of North-
western, and late son David, a 1 983
graduate of Northwestern.
Both scholarships were endowed
with a donation of $20,000. Each
scholarship is for four years. The
recipient must be a Vernon Parish
High School student that inaintains
a 2.0 GPA, meets classroom atten-
dance requirements and demonstrates
financial need. Preference for the
education scholarship will be for a
history education or English educa-
"All three of us attended North-
western," said Albert Dunn. "I had
read about other scholarships being
established and decided to do some-
thing that would help others."
Dunn, a native of Slagle, served
in the U.S. Anny during World War
II. He was later stationed in the
Philippines, Korea and Japan. After
being discharged, he entered North-
western in 1947.
"A bunch of us guys were stand-
ing around talking about what we
were going to do and a friend said,
Tm going to go to Northwestern.' I
decided to go with him," said Dunn.
Dunn inajored in pre-engineering
and was on the track team in 1947.
Northwestern did not have an engi-
neering major, so he had to transfer
to complete his degree in civil engi-
neering. Dunn worked for McDer-
inott International, and then got a job
with the Louisiana Department of
Transportation and Development. He
worked as an engineer for 41 years at
positions around the state, retiring in
1995. The Department of Transporta-
tion and Development honored him
with induction into its Hall of Honor
continued on page 10
Euzelia Bumgardner Chase made a donation of $5,000
to the NSU Foundation to set up the U.Z. and Jeroline
Bumgardner Memorial Scholarship at Northwestern
State University. She has pledged an additional
donation of $5,000 next year. Shown, from left are
daughter Deborah Chase Watts, Euzelia Bumgardner
Chase, Assistant Director of Development JIN Bankston
and daughter Jane Chase Green.
Alumni Columns Winter 2010 / 9
Foundation news continued
c3g s aD
Dale Rcrnard (1053) established an athletic scholar-
ship endowment honoring his twin brothers, whose sup-
port and encouragement were instrumental in his pursuit
of a college degree. The Henry and Hugh Bernard
Athletic Scholarship honors Bernard's deceased broth-
ers, w ho helped him through college after their father,
a barber, sulTered a stroke. The Bernard family had 10
In 2010. he plans to establish a scholarship in the
College of Business in the names of his two sisters, the
late Esther Bernard Reed and Melba Bernard Allison,
who attended Louisiana Normal, the uni\ersity"s name
Family members present for the announcement of the
Bernard Scholarship were, from left, Emma Pitcher
Bernard, John Bernard, Dale Bernard, Barry Bernard,
Rita Bernard and Louie Bernard.
Lyndsey Gorski Miller (2007) and Antonio "Tony"
Hernandez (1982) have joined the staff in the Office
of Alumni and Development. Miller is the assistant
director of Alumni Affairs. She is a former NSU softball
player and her husband Phillip is an assistant baseball
coach. Hernandez is assistant director of Institutional
Advancement. As a student, he \Nas a member of
Jo Weaver (1968,1995), Don Wilburn,
Velma Wilburn (1959), and Walter
Weaver (1963,1996) enjoyed catching
up at the Cenia gathering.
Ray Gill (1993), Justin Flynn (2007),
Mary Tarver (1991), Matt Tarver, Tori
Flynn (1997) and Kasey Gill (1997)
attended the CenIa gathering at Tunk's
Cypress Inn on Nov. 12.
Guests attending the Winnfield Alumni and Recruiting reception and reunion
were Mrs. Jane Purser and family, as well as Bobby Guin, Tom May, Jennie May,
David Christman and Betty Christman.
Attending the Natchitoches After
Hours social were Rex Britt.
Tish McKnight. Liz Gresham
and DeWitt Booty.
Tommy Chester, Joe Stamey,
Richard Gill and Mike Prudhomme
were among the guests at the
If you are interested in organizing
an NSU Alumni Chapter in your
area, contact the Alumni Center.
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Northwestern Receives $200,000 in Matching Funds
orthwestem received S200,000 in matching
funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents last fall to
complete four endowed professorships and an endowed
scholarship. Board of Regents member Scott Brame of
Alexandria made the presentation on behalf of the board
to Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb.
The matching money came from the Board of Re-
gents Support Fund and allowed NSU to complete the
Clifton M. Alford Endowed Professorship in Music, the
Kenneth I. Durr Endowed Professorship in Account-
ing, the Poindexter Foundation Endowed Professorship
in Business #2, the J. Dudley Talbot, M.D. Endowed
Professorship in Nursing and the Clifton M. Alford First
Generation Endowed Scholarship. The professorships and
scholarship are each worth $100,000. Interest generated
by the endowed professorships will fund faculty research
and development along with needed equipment.
The Alford First Generation Endowed Scholarship
will be awarded to a Louisiana resident whose parents
or legal guardians have not earned a college degree. The
recipient must be awarded a Pell Grant and have been
admitted to Northwestern. Alford, who passed away in
2007, did not attend Northwestern but had high regard for
the institution. A niece, Elizabeth Leo Whitney, graduated
from Northwestern in 1952 and Alford believed the edu-
cation she received enabled Whitney to endure difficult
financial circumstances and raise her family.
A native of Bellwood, Alford graduated from
Provencal High School, then served in the U.S. Army for
several years. He then began a long career with Armco
Steel, working in Houston, then in Schulenburg, Texas,
where he would live for the rest of his life. Alford left
a gift of $163,297 to the Northwestern State University
Foundation and the matching funds created a total gift of
Talbot was instrumental in forming the obstetrics
department at Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreve-
port, serving as staff president and chief of staff dur-
ing his tenure. He is a diplomat of the American Board
of Obstetrics and a fellow of the American College of
Surgeons and Gynecology as well as a member of the
Southern Medical Association, Central Association of
Board of Regents member Scott Brame of Al-
exandria made the presentation of $160,000 in
matching funds for 4 endowed professorships
to Northwestern President Randall Webb. The
Board of Regents also gave $40,000 in matching
funds for an endowed scholarship.
Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Royale Society of
Medicine, London. He maintained an active OB/GYN
practice in Shreveport until his retirement in 1998. Talbot
understood the importance of preserving the history of
the hospital, doctors and staff since 1927 and with the
help of friends and colleagues, assembled a variety of
historic pictures, instruments and other artifacts and
opened a museum as a way of recognizing the progress
and development of the health system over the years. The
museum was named in his honor.
The Durr Professorship was created through a
partnership among graduates of the business department
from classes of 1959, 1960 and 1961 to honor Durr, who
provided them with a foundation of knowledge benefi-
cial to their careers. Durr graduated from Marthaville
High School in 1933 and earned a B.S. at Louisiana State
Normal College in 1939. He earned a master's at George
Peabody College in 1 947 and a doctorate at Indiana
University in 1963. He taught high school at Marthaville
High, Robeline High, Allen High, St. Mary's and West
Hartford, Conn., High. He then spent 35 years teaching
accounting at the university level in Louisiana and Texas,
teaching at Northwestern, Northeast Louisiana Univer-
sity, Texas Women's University and Stephen F. Austin.
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N Club Inductees
The Graduate N Club, the association of athletic letterwinners at Northwestern, enshrined
four all-time standouts into the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame during Homecoming activi-
ties last fall. Honored were golfer Bob Konsdorf, softball pitcher Kellie Shotwell. football
star and track All-American Al Edwards, and football and baseball standout Steve Graf.
Demons GSR ranking shows athletes' commitment to academics
'orthwestern State again sparkled in the
annual release of the NCAA's Gradua-
tion Success Rates (GSR) study, with the
documents showing NSU is Louisiana's
second-highest ranking public institu-
tion in the 2009 report. Northwestern posted an overall
73 percent GSR score, second among the state's public
institutions and trailing only Centenar>' and Tulane (tied
at S4 percent), and Southeastern Louisiana (76 percent)
among the state's 13 NCAA Division I athletics pro-
grams. That score also placed Northwestern third among
the 12 Southland Conference member institutions, lopped
only by a 7tS percent GSR score b} Te.xas A&M-Corpus
Christi and SLU's 76 percent.
Three of Northwestern 's 10 sports groups (women's
basketball, soccer and women's tennis) ranked first
among their Southland Conference peers in the 2009
report released in October by the NCAA. Lad\ Demon
Softball and tennis had the best GSR scores in their sports
among any slate schools.
The NCAA developed the GSR in response to the
Federal Graduation Rate, which tlocs \io[ take into ac-
count the mobility among college student-athletes while
measuring graduating rates. Ihe (iSR scores include
students transferring into the institutions and allows
outgoing transfers to be discounted if they leave in good
academic standing. "The fact that si> many NSU teams
are again positioned so prominent!) in this most recent
GSR report, when compared to other Southland Con-
ference and state of Louisiana athletic programs, is a
continuing testimony that our .Athletic Department focus
on academic success is pav ing div idends." said director
of athletics Greg Burke.
Northwestem was one of five state-supported institu-
tions to post a GSR score of 70 percent or better: South-
eastern (76 percent). NSU (73), New Orleans (72), LSU
Northwestem ranked in the upper third of the 12-
team SLC in sex en of its 10 sports groupings. NSU was
in the upper fourth of the state's 13 Division 1 programs
in seven of 10 sports groups.
Five of the six women's sports at Northwestem
ranked either first or second in the SLC: basketball ( 1 ),
track and Held (2). soccer ( 1 ). softball (2) and tennis ( I ).
I he 1 adv Demon tennis program posted a perfect
100 percent score for the second straight vear
Also posting or equaling the highest GSR scores in
their hislorv were men's cross countiy track and field
(<S0 percent), women's soccer (<S6 percent), baseball (74
percent), and football (55 percent).
The 2009 report is based on the four entering fresh-
men classes in Division 1 athletics from 1999-00 through
2002-03. It's the sexenlh year that the NCAA has col-
lected (iSR data.
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Athletics unveils new slogan
Celebrating more than a century filled with accomplishments and anticipating mucn more success ahead, the
Northwestern State Athletic Department has adopted a new slogan - "Great Tradition - Brighter Future."
"The slogan is an avenue through
which the athletic program can pay
tribute to the countless individual
and team milestones at Northwest-
em State over the years and, at the
same time, set a tone for the student-
athletes and coaches of today to carry
forward that tradition by creating
their own memorable moments," said
athletics director Greg Burke.
"We will have the new athletic
slogan displayed and utilized in
numerous ways. I invite everyone in
the NSU family - students, faculty,
staff, alumni, and supporters ~ to
join us in celebrating the 'Great
Tradition' of NSU Athletics." said
Burke, "and to also join us as we
look forward to and create a much
anticipated 'Brighter Future." "
Each of Northwestem's nine sports
groupings will have many of its his-
toric achievements commemorated
on the www.nsudemons.com website.
Intercollegiate athletics began at
Northwestern, then Louisiana Nor-
mal College, in 1907 with a football
game against Louisiana Polytechnic
College, now Louisiana Tech. That
contest took place at least three years
after Normal's football team began
playing against area clubs and high
school teams, some 20 years after the
university was founded in 1884.
The first intercollegiate basketball
game took place in 1913, and Nor-
mal also competed in baseball and
women's basketball in that era. Track
and field, swimming and gymnastics
were among other early sports on
Normal adopted the nickname
"Demons" for its athletic teams in
1923 as the result of a campus-wide
contest. Some of the nicknames
suggested included the Daredevils.
Boosters, Sharks, Cannons, Deers,
Muskateers, Invincibles. Cyclops.
Royalists. Bloodhounds. Cannon
Balls, Wasps and Rattlesnakes. The
other finalist was "Braves" but a
student vote chose "Demons."
Those were the origins of an
athletic program that has produced
eight All-Pro football stars, including
current Buffalo Bills standout Ter-
rence McGee and Pro Football Hall
of Fame member Jackie Smith; three
USA Olympic athletes (gymnast
Richard Loyd. track and field com-
petitors LaMark Carter and Kenta
Bell) and a USA Olympic head coach
(Dr. Gayle Hatch, men's weightlift-
ing, 2004); an NBA first-round draft
pick (Johnny McConathy. 1951)
and current NBA player Trey Gilder
(Memphis Grizzlies), and the only
player in NCAA Division I basket-
ball history, man or woman, to lead
the nation in assists for three straight
years (Lady Demon point guard
Cooda Dobin, 2002-04).
Houston Tailgate Party
Alumni and friends who attended the Sept. 5 Houston tailgate party were, Sue Tucker Kimball (1952) and Suzanne
Johnson (1961) with Kirk Kimball and Roger Johnson (1962), left photo; Chad (1995) and Heather (1995) Barrios
with daughter, Elise, 4, and sons Hayden, 7, and Grant, 9, center photo, and Jack Brittain (1979), John Breland
(1978), Richard Karamatic (1976) and Lynda Breland (1977).
Baylor Tailgate Party
Nicholls Tailgate Party
i and friends gathering for the Baylor tailgate were Nan Holmes
Charlotte Holmes Ortegon (1991) and Casey Whaley, Brian
(2000), Gene Tennison (2002) and Brad Reid.
Rhonda Hernandez, Dina Stamey (1992)
and Darlene McEwee were among the
devoted Demon fans who traveled to
Thibodaux to see the NSU Demons take on
the Nicholls Colonels on Nov. 14.
Alumni Columns Winter 2010/ 13
Stroll down memory lane
T^ attended Northwestern State Col-
lege in Natchitoches in the early
195()s and lived in one of four
one story reno\ ated army bar-
racks. They were referred to as
,A-Frame through D-Frame. B-
Frame was my home aw ay from home
and had an apartment in one end for a
college employee who was overseer for
all of the Frames. His name was Hal
Townsend. and he was from Kaplan.
In B-Frame there were maybe eight
or 10 indi\idual rooms equipped with
bunk beds, two desks, two open closets
(no doors) one lavatory and some built
in drawers. There w as one large room
that had showers and other facilities. The
other frames had no apartment, thus,
For most of my college years I was
"Monitor" in B-Frame. My job was to
assure that life there was conducive to
study and sleep, to report any mainte-
nance needs and to see to it that rowdi-
ness and destructive behavior were held
to a minimum. Being such a small group
of students helped to make my job fairly
easy. 1 only remember one occasion
w hen 1 had to "give a resident a talk-
ing to." He had an air horn and air tank
similar to those on 18-wheelers.
1 received $22.50 per month credit
tow ard the S45 per month ro(Mn and
meals. Most students had some kind o'(
employment to help w ith school ex-
penses. One guy washed and w axed cars
outside the dorm. One guy cut hair. One
w as a saxophone pla\ cr in the student
One of the traditional practices at the
beginning of each new semester was the
shaving of freshman heads. However,
.some crealiN ity was shov. w \> iil. •. ... i
ous cut styles from Mohaw k to stripe, to
leaving a ring of hair around ihc cars or
The residents of B-Frame were
almost like family. We participated in
intramural sports together, we sometimes
walked the mile plus to see mo\ ies in
downtow n Natchitoches together and we
usualls ate together at the college cafete-
1 had several roommates o\ er the
years. My first was a classmate from
high school. He quit after the first sum-
mer. 1 later heard that he owned a liquor
store. Two of my roommates. .1. C". Reed
and Ted Booty, became principals. J. C.
retired and sold cars for Radford Buick in
Lake Charles for a time. Another room-
mate (Bill Shaw ) and 1 took some cours-
es together tow ard our doctoral degrees
at the University of Missouri in Colum-
bia. He later became head of the depart-
ment from w hich we earned our under-
graduate degrees at Nonhw estern. We
also laughl in the same dcpariment at the
Missouri School of Mines and Metal-
lurgy (now the U of M. RoUa).
1 retired from McNeese after teach-
ing in the engineering and technology
programs for 3<S years (plus one year as
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Joe Pugh Durham is
retired and lives in
Douglas Glynn Beach
is a retired teacher and
lives in Wisner.
Ruth-Anne Eileen Hoff-
stadt Mammons is a
retired teacher, married
and lives in Gretna.
Martha Ann Williams
Palmer is a part-time
desk nurse at Der-
Lancaster, Pa., married
and lives in Ronks, Pa.
Lewis S. Odom is the
owner, president, land-
man of Claiborne Land
Services, Inc., married
and lives in Homer.
Carol Sue (Suzy)
Names is an oc-
at Health South of
Alexandria and lives in
Richard (Rickey) L.
French is a retired
principal and lives in
Schwartz is retired,
married and lives in
J. Dexter Smith is a
retired supervisor for
the Louisiana Depart-
ment of Agriculture
& Forestry, Office of
Animal Health, Meat
Mary Cathy Bankston
DeLee is retired and
lives in Ethel.
Kathryn Lum Todd
is employed by Katy
District as a coun-
selor and lives in Katy,
Virginia (Ginger) Di-
anne Thiels is a retired
teacher and presently
employed as long-term
substitute teacher with
schools and lives in
Stephanie J. Davitt
Bange is the educa-
tion resource center
director at Wright State
University, College of
Education and Human
Services. She is
married and lives in
Dannie Aziin is em-
ployed by Natchitoches
Parish School Board as
a teacher, marned and
lives in Campti.
Angela Cecilia Guillory
is an assistant dean
and director of Greek
life at LSU and lives in
IJndr n Migvez
Hunter is a safety/
recruiting director at
Spring Valley Cartage,
married and lives in
Mike H. Packard is a
band director at White-
water Middle School,
married and lives in
Fort Mill, S.C.
Edgar Keith Cooper
is dean of students,
football, track coach,
married and lives in
Julie Lynne Brokmeyer
is a family nurse prac-
titioner at Univer-
sity Hospital of New
Clinic and lives in
Dr. Christine Marie
Hubbard Butler is em-
ployed by Conroe ISD
as a pnncipal, married
to James Butler ('96)
and lives in Spring,
Ryan Keith Bundy is
an energy consultant
at Alternative Power
Systems and lives in
Melissa Ann Champion
is employed with the
of Social Services as
an assistant to the
deputy secretary and
lives in Port Allen.
Kimberly Dawn Renz
Roberson is employed
by Katy Independent
School District as a
registered nurse, mar-
ried to Cade Roberson
('91) and lives in Katy,
WHy I Love [KSV
"As a 1960 graduate of NSC, my years on
campus were a great experience for a Cajun
from the bayou country. My roommate at the
time was Dub Carson and we resided in the
brickshack. Dub later left NSC to become a
minister and we are still the best of friends.
The key to NSC is that lasting friendships were
formed and maintained through the years. Just
to mention a few that come to mind are Ted
Roberts, Jim Tuma, Roy Fair, Larry Rice and
Earl Nolan. This special year will always be
remembered by this band of brothers. "
— Norbert Paul Vincent
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1949 - Rev. Roy Remont, July 21 , 2009
1947, 1951 -Max Webster Pugh,
Nov. 7, 2009, Marksville
1950 - Horace A. Corley, June 9, 2009
1950 - Frank D. Lassiter, August 16, 2009,
1985 - Jim Edward Bridges, Nov. 30, 2009,
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1988 - Barbara Selby Fry, Sept. 30, 2009,
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Mickey Crnkovic drove In for two points during an overtime victory
against Louisiana Tech that clenched a share of the Gulf States
Seated from left are Larry Skinner, Jimmy Leach. Pete Walpoie and Lovick Johnson.
Kneeling are Richard Pulllg, Larry Williams, Bill Stewart. Paul Fllnn and Phillip Haley.
Standing are Benny Arthur, manager; Elvln f\/1cCann, Jimmy Adkins, Larry Fontenot.
Mickey Crnkovic, Bobby Wicker and Coach Huey Cranford.
Northwestern State College witnessed a great example of team spirit, hustle and a desire to win in 1958 when,
picked to finish second in the division, the Demon basketball team won the co-championship of the Gulf States
Conference. Coach Huey Cranford had only seven returning lettermen and one returning squadman and e\en w ith the
addition of si.x freshmen newcomers, prospects were not bright for the team.
The biggest game of the season was played against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, a game in which the football team
gathered in uniform to send off their fellow Demons. The Demons came from behind a 20 point Bulldog lead to
drub Tech 72-66 in an overtime win that gained them a share of the GSC championship.
The Demons sported the best season records for the conference in team offense, free throw s and rebounds. The
overall season record was 20-7. Jimmy Leach and Mickey Crnkovic were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers
Association's all-GSC first team and received Little Ail-American Honorable Mention. Bobby Wicker was named on
the all-GSC third team and Coach Cranford was named LSWA Coach of the Year.
A campus-w ide vote, sponsored by the Student Union
Governing Board, elected this coed Winter Ball Queen in
1974. The selection was based on service to the school,
leadership and scholastic standing. Can you name her and
the Union Director w ho congratulated her? The first fi\ c
alumni to call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 with
the coiTccl answers will win a prize.
Congratulations to Shearoii (lUidry (63) and Karen
.Vnne (>uidro/ (89) who correct!) idcnlilicd the 19(S5
Homecoming Court. They were Reatha Cole, Michaela
Sampitc, Ycvette .lordan. Palti Smiley, Queen Theresa
(iuillory. Rachel llcidcr, ,'\m\ Whilford. Tamiin Collins
and Melissa llitihtowcr.
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